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Surprise Donation Brings Joy to Local Families in Need

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  • The NHS officers of West Chicago Community High School at HSP headquarters with their donation. From left to right: Sean Young, Treasurer; Kristen Thompson, Induction Chair; Janaki Thakker, President; Emma Knoelke, Vice President; Eric Knoelke, Chairman for the Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast.Humanitarian Service Project

      The NHS officers of West Chicago Community High School at HSP headquarters with their donation. From left to right: Sean Young, Treasurer; Kristen Thompson, Induction Chair; Janaki Thakker, President; Emma Knoelke, Vice President; Eric Knoelke, Chairman for the Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast.Humanitarian Service Project

 
Ashlee Melda

Recently, a group of National Honor Society (NHS) students from West Chicago Community High School donated $300 for the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) to use toward the program with the most need. Having volunteered at HSP back in December of 2013 as a part of the non-profit's Christmas Offering, the NHS chose HSP as the charity to receive the donation based on the fun they had volunteering last Christmas and the good of knowing that they would be helping so many in need.

The NHS students, whose current sponsor is teacher Nick Caltagirone, raised the money by hosting a Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, May 10. This event brought smiles to the faces of over 50 mothers and their families. A chapter of the nationwide organization of the same name, the NHS of Community High School annually recognizes students for their academic excellence, character and service to the school. Many of the proceeds earned at NHS-sponsored events end up going to a charity of the group's choosing.

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HSP's Feed the Kids program, which began in the summer 2004, strives to provide children of low-income families with roughly 175 pounds of groceries during each of the months of June, July and August. These items include: three 25-pound boxes of non-perishable food, an assortment of eight fresh vegetables and seven fresh fruits, Pepperidge Farm bread and a total of seven frozen meats. Back in 2013, HSP served nearly 100 families made up of over 375 children through this program.

For more information about the nationwide National Honor Society, visit http://www.nhs.us/.

Contact HSP:

Email: hsp@humanitarianservice.org

Telephone: 630-221-8340

Website: www.humanitarianservice.org

Blog: humanitarianserviceproject.blogspot.com.

Address: 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188.

About The Humanitarian Service Project

HSP's mission is to alleviate the pain and suffering that poverty creates in seniors and children living in DuPage and Kane Counties, Illinois. Last year during the Christmas Offering, 840 families with 1,600 children received gifts and 150 impoverished families received three weeks of groceries, frozen meats, bread, and fresh produce. With the Senior Citizen Project, HSP provides monthly food deliveries of 100 pounds including fresh produce, frozen meats, bread, non-perishables, paper products and secret pal gifts to 123 low-income seniors. The Children's Birthday Project reaches the youngest underprivileged, making birthdays and Christmas truly memorable occasions for 925 children. Feed the Kids program provides 100 low-income families with groceries and fresh produce worth $1,500 retail in total for the summer. HSP conducts an annual school supplies drive, which sends supplies to the DuPage Back to School Fair in addition to furnishing schools and individual children with necessary supplies.

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